AJRA - Atlanta Junior Rowing Association


Atlanta Junior Rowing Association is a non-profit, parent-driven association devoted to promoting the Olympic sport of Rowing. AJRA welcomes Atlanta area 7th - 12th graders to come out and learn about what it takes to be part of this competitive sport. Dedication and drive will determine an athlete’s ability to succeed in this organization – no experience is necessary to join.


Varsity Men and Women are on the Varsity Squad after rowing through spring season as a Novice. The Varsity teams compete at the highest level of high school rowing against some of the premier rowing teams in the Southeast.   Varsity rowers are subject to selection guidelines, including positive attitude, work ethic, being a good teammate, attendance, athleticism (e.g. fitness, strength) erg scores and rowing technique.  Tryouts each season will take place during the first two weeks of practice.

Travel: Varsity rowers travel to 3-5 regattas each season.

Practice: Spring practice starts January 29th and continues through mid-May, and is held six days a week.  AJRA does not follow any public or private school schedules due to participation of rowers from throughout the metro Atlanta area. (During Spring Season, practices are held during all February breaks and spring breaks.) Practice includes extensive strength and conditioning training on the water and land.   Please refer to the Attendance Policy or contact a coach with any questions.

Practice Times:

Varsity Men & Women     Mon-Fri, 4:30pm-7pm
Varsity Men Only               Saturday, 7am-9:30am
Varsity Women Only        Saturday, 9am-12pm



Novice Men and Women generally compete at the Novice level for their first two seasons regardless of age.

Travel:  Novice rowers travel to 2-5 regattas each season.

Practice:  Practice starts on January 29th and continues through mid-May, and is held 5 days a week.  Tryouts each season will take place during the first two weeks of practice.  Novice practices focus on rowing technique, strength training and teamwork needed for speed and competitiveness on the water.  Please refer to the Attendance Policy or contact a coach with any questions.

Practice Times:
Novice Women                 Mon, Tues 4:30pm – 7pm; Thurs, Fri 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Novice Women                 Sat, 9am – 11:30am

Novice Men                       Mon, Fri 4:30pm – 6:30pm; Wed, Thurs 4:30pm – 7pm
Novice Men                       Sat, 7am – 9:30am


Recreational Team

Rec Team is designed for high school students who are ready to try a new sport and get a taste for rowing, but are not able to commit to the full schedule of a competitive season. No rowing experience is necessary.

Travel: This squad does not attend out-of-town regattas.

Practice: Spring practices will start on March 2nd, and continue through mid-May. Practices are held on Thursday afternoons (4:45pm – 6:45pm) AND Saturday mornings (8:30am – 11:00am).

Open to rowers in 9th through 12th grades.


Developmental Squads (D Squad)

Developmental Squad is our middle school program.

DSquad practices either 3 afternoons per week (Weekday program) or Saturday only (Weekend program) and is intended for middle school students to learn the basics of rowing while conditioning their bodies.  Both programs are available to 8th graders, while Saturday DSquad is also open to 7th grade students. Rowers focus on land based training and general rowing knowledge and progress to being on the water and getting a taste for racing.

This squad does not attend out-of-town regattas. Rowers can choose one of the 3 day/week weekday sessions or a 1 day/week weekend session.

Developmental Squad Weekday Sessions

RED DSquad – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – OR BLUE DSquad – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – for 8th grade men and women. Hours are 4:45pm – 6:45pm. Sessions start Monday, February 26th, and continue through mid-May. Rowers should be dropped off and picked up at Azalea Park.

Our annual end-of-season exhibition regatta – the Roswell Rumble - will be held at Azalea Park, Roswell, on Saturday, May 19th.

Limited to 7th and 8th graders only, with a maximum enrollment cap, and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Developmental Squad  Saturday Sessions

This spring we will be offering an 11:00am-1:00pm session for Saturday D-Squad. Saturday Sessions start Saturday, March 3rd, and end Saturday, May 19th with our annual exhibition race at Azalea Park. Rowers should be dropped off and picked up at the boathouse.

Limited to 7th and 8th graders only, with a maximum enrollment cap, and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Team Record Holders

Race Distance Freshmen Men Freshmen Women Varsity Men Varsity Women
2K Oscar Lee (’19)
Hayley Liebenow (’15)
Morgan Bean (’13)
Lindsay Gibson (’12)
Lwt 2K Orhan Eribac (’19)
Chloe O’Brien (’18)
Ada Dildar (’17)
Clara Warmath (’17)
5K Ben Tallant (’20)
Hayley Liebenow (’15)
Garrett Lobaugh (’11)
Lindsay Gibson (’12)
Lwt 5K Dylan Paul (’18)
Chloe O’Brien (’18)
Chad Nolan (’09)
Alyssa Egan (’08)
6K Ben Tallant (’20)
Ella Gersack (’21)
Duke Brady (’17)
Riley Anderson (’17)
Lwt 6K Wyatt Moss (’20)
Ella Gersack (’21)
Marshall Howell (’12)
Clara Warmath (’17)



Top 10 2K Erg Records

Men (since 2004) Women (since 2006)
1 Morgan Bean 2013 6:07.6 1 Lindsay Gibson 2012 7:15.0
2 Duke Brady 2017 6:17.1 2 Annie Jachthuber 2014 7:18.2
3 Moritz Bock 2012 6:18.7 3 Emmeline Reed 2011 7:19.5
4 Oliver Babb 2018 6:21.3 4 Madi Shields 2009 7:20.6
5 Trevor Appier 2013 6:21.6 5 Maddie Wilson 2013 7:21.6
6 Joe Milley 2014 6:21.9 6 Nicole Lane 2014 7:24.1
7 Jack Tucker 2015 6:22.1 7 Sarah Hudnall 2013 7:24.9
8 William Smith 2018 6:24.4 8 Maggie Schaefer 2010 7:25.2
9 Oscar Lee 2019 6:25.0 9 Jennae Alexander 2017 7:26.7
10 Rob McKenzie 2015 6:28.9 10 Riley Anderson 2017 7:26.8